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Benjamin LaPriarie, Concert Organist

When
Aug 25, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
Where
The Cathedral of Christ the Light
Calendar
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Enjoy the sounds of the magnificent Conroy Memorial Organ as we welcome renowned organist Benjamin LaPriarie to The Cathedral of Christ the Light.  He will be performing the following: Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue, BWV 564 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

i. Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 5, Op. 42 - Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Pièces de Fantaisie - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Naïades, No. 4, Op. 55 & Clair de lune, No. 5, Op. 53

Toccata, Op. 104 - Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

Free-will offering.

 

Benjamin LaPriarie Photo2019Benjamin LaPrairie serves as Associate Director of Music at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., where he is heard accompanying daily, Sunday, and many televised Masses throughout the year. Notable liturgies include the Canonization Mass of Saint Junípero Serra, celebrated by Pope Francis, and the Funeral Mass of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Previously, Benjamin served as Principal Organist at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., and as Director of Music at St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Charles, Illinois.


As a composer, Benjamin’s works have been performed by the Choir, Brass, and Orchestra of the Basilica, and have been recorded and broadcast worldwide on EWTN, Salt & Light Media, and CatholicTV. His setting of Christus Vincit was premiered upon the entrance of Pope Francis into the Great Upper Church of the National Shrine in September of 2015. Recent works include a setting of Ye Sons and Daughters for the Choir and Orchestra of the Basilica, and a setting of Joy to the World for the choirs and orchestra of The Catholic University of America. As an organist, Benjamin has performed throughout the United States and abroad, and has been featured as a soloist with the Pine Mountain Music Festival and at the Kimball Organ of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Recent collaborations include a performance of Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

A native of Michigan, Benjamin is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance, where he studied organ with Robert Glasgow. He received a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied organ with John Walker, and was the recipient of the Bruce R. Eicher Prize in Organ. Additionally, Benjamin did postgraduate coursework in music composition and voice at The Catholic University of America.

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